How to See Who RTd Your Content

One of the downfalls to using Hootsuite as my everyday access point for Twitter is that it’s not always easy to tell who has retweeted my content. If they’ve tagged @anitahovey then of course I’m going to see it pop up as a mention, but if they haven’t, it’s a little harder.

Twitter.com gives you the option to receive an email every time someone retweets you, and I do get those, but I find it cumbersome to translate a bunch of e-mails into thank yous on Twitter. Twitter.com also shows you very easily who has RTd your post, so usually if I have a lot of people to thank, I will go straight to Twitter.com and find the tweet.

Let’s say I want to know all of the people that retweeted this update:

All you have to do is open the tweet details by clicking on the main tweet, so that it looks like this:

See Who RTd Your Content
This window tells you how many times it was retweeted and shows the avatars of some of the retweeters on the right. If it’s a small enough number they may all be represented there, but you might not know their account names to thank them. Now you click on the number of retweets and you get a list of them all:
See Who RTd Your Content
Not only do you have a quick list of who’s interested in your content, but you can see whether or not you are following them and perhaps what their name or oganization is. To quickly thank them all, open a second tab/window with Twitter in it and include them all in one post.

The bigger question here is “Should you thank everyone who RTs your content?” I know lots of tweeters who don’t thank me when I RT their content, but I also know lots who do. I don’t thank people for RTing everything, but if it’s my own original content or pithy thought, then yes, I think you should try to thank those who share. What do you think?

Comments (3)

  • Daley Progress Reply

    Good advice Anita. I try to depend on the email notifications for retweets and new followers but I know I’ve missed some over time. AND (having to try it out of course) I just realized that this is also a way to see who has retweeted other people’s tweets too. That’s kind of cool. Funny timing on this post because lately I’ve been thinking about how to manage this. Thanks!

    February 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm
  • Tomek Obirek Reply

    Great tip!

    August 18, 2014 at 7:15 am

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